H&R .38 Top Break revolver

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Tom B., Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Tom B.

    Tom B. New Member

    Dec 26, 2010





    I have an H&R .38 Top Break revolver in good condition. It was passed down from my grandfather to my father and now to me. Haven't been shot in a LONG time, but had some .38 ammo included in the pouch (2 Lengths). On top of barrel is " Harrington & Richardson Arms Company Worcester, Mass. USA Pat. Oct.4.'87, May 14 & Aug. 6.'89. April 2.'95. April 7. 1896." The number on the inside of the cylinder is 924 (Shown twice), and the # on the inside of the topbreak is D78924.
    I am including pictures of both gun and ammo. Can you tell me anything about what I have and what type of ammo it will shoot.

    Tom B.
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    this revolver is chambered for the 38 S&W round. do not attempt to fire the 38 spl. round in it. in fact do not fire any smokeless loads in this revolver.

    it is a second model 5th variation (1897-1904). the D letter code was used in 1899 on this model.

    (NEW FRAME TARGET LOGO GRIPS) (BLACK POWDER) ----------1890-1904
    New frame shape and new hard rubber grip panels with Target Logo, Auto-ejecting mechanism, Calibers 32 S&W, 6 shot cylinder capacity, 38 S&W caliber 5 shot cylinder capacity, nickel finish (blue optional), barrel lengths of 2½ (rare), 3¼ (standard), 4, 5 & 6 inches available. “IF THERE IS NO CALIBER MARKING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BARREL THEN IT WAS MANUFACTURED FOR BLACK POWDER”. Top of barrel markings include company name and address and patent dates.
    First Variation; one patent date OCT-4-87 only -------------1890-1892
    Second Variation one patent date marked OCT-4-1887 (year marked in full) -------1890-1892*
    Third Variation three patent dates, Oct-4-1887, May 14 & Aug-6-89 -----1893-Only*
    Fourth Variation three patent dates Oct-4-87, May-14 & Aug-6-89 (note 87 date des not have full year markings)--------1894-1896*
    Fifth Variation five patent dates Oct-4-87, May 14 & Aug-6-89, April-2-95, April-7-96--------1897-1904*
    *Serial numbers found on the bottom side of the top strap will have letter codes with them.
    VALUE 100%=$225 60%=$85 For all Auto-Ejecting 2nd Models; add 75% premium for 2½” barrel; add 25% for 4”, 5” & 6” barrels; add 15% for blue finish; add 10% for 1st , 2nd, 3rd & 4th variations with nickel trigger guard on nickel finish pieces

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010

  3. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Tom B. -
    Nice piece! I don't see many of these with the longer barrel, kinda scarce these days.
  4. Rotta

    Rotta New Member

    Dec 4, 2012
    I have the same revolver but the serial number is G86191, when this gun has been made?
  5. nelsonpaint88

    nelsonpaint88 New Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Hey Guys thanks for all of the expertise it has helped so much already I seem to have the same gun in 38 sw with all the same markings on the top barrel. PAT. OCT 4:87 MAY 14& AUG. 6. 89. APRIL 2.95. APRIL 7. 1896. the serial number reads F 32581. Does anyone know what year this one was made? Thanks in advance it would be a big help to find this out.
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